Compliments and Complements

Monday, April 15, 2013

Compliments are admiring remarks. Compliments are nice. Compliments are free. We shouldn't be so stingy (ungenerous) with our compliments, don't you agree? I'm referring to the compliment with an "i":

You smell wonderful. Your perfume is intoxicating.
Your toupee looks so natural.
The view from your home is breathtaking.

Simple, right?

There is another complement you should know, complement with an "e", meaning an addition that improves something.

Your new sofa complements the decor of your living room beautifully.
That tie really complements your suit.
Stefano's choice of wine was the perfect complement to our meal.

Compliment and complement. Two easily confused words.

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